If you were seriously afraid of spiders and locked in conflict with one, what's the last thing you'd like to happen? Okay fair, finding out its eggs just hatched would be the worst, but having the cops called on you would be pretty bad too!
An Australian man heard his neighbor making a ruckus and saying things like "Why don't you die?". He also heard a toddler screaming and thought the worst. The man dialed the Wanneroo police who quickly rushed to the residence.
They found the resident merely trying to kill a spider.
@thedailybeast I’m sure those spiders are the size of a small child, so I fully endorse this fight. I hope the poli… https://t.co/5iK073clEg— Jaiden (@Jaiden)1546444092.0
@mashable that spider knows what he did— Jodi Beggs (@Jodi Beggs)1546476527.0
@thedailybeast The man had "a serious fear of spiders". He lives in Australia.— Glenn (@Glenn)1546428759.0
@thedailybeast I so understand the screamer. I once knocked on a neighbor's door at 3am to get him to come kill a s… https://t.co/CKMWx4t4Tt— Notgoing Totellyou (@Notgoing Totellyou)1546444830.0
In a now deleted photo tweet, the officers provided an update after arriving on the scene, saying,
"Police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders). Apologised for inconvenience to police. No injuries sighted (except to spider). No further police involvement required."
The tweet was deleted because it showed a confidential internal system.
Has anyone thought to question the spider?
@mashable who made the call? the spider?— BC (@BC)1546476798.0
@thedailybeast But did the police kill the spider for him?????— MarytheContrarian (@MarytheContrarian)1546431107.0
@abcperth Poor spider— N J Roberts (@N J Roberts)1546509331.0
@guardian The Spider Police— Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis inDebbie'sface! (@Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis inDebbie'sface!)1546435309.0
Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison told the BBC:
"It's just one of those jobs where you go expecting to see one thing and see another. It's great that it's only an incident involving a spider."
It is not known what kind of spider was involved. While Australia has some of the deadliest spiders on the planet, most of its 2900 species are harmless. There have been no deaths from spider bites since 1981.
That won't stop people from freaking out.
@thedailybeast I’m not even reading this for I fear from the details. The comments alone sent chills down my spine #Arachnophobia— 🌺 (@🌺)1546431053.0
Just saw an article about police being called because a man in Australia was overheard yelling “why won’t you die”.… https://t.co/GBiZtewlzl— Moniza Hossain (@Moniza Hossain)1546437872.0
@thedailybeast @yashar What he should have said to the cops. https://t.co/BPxXuY83g2— Sean (@Sean)1546431964.0
@TIME https://t.co/v3Khn93TR4— Andy Mau (@Andy Mau)1546457393.0
This isn't the first incident of its kind. In 2015, a Sydney man was embarrassed after police rushed to his home. They were called after receiving reports of a woman screaming and someone yelling,
"I'm going to kill you, you're dead!"
Upon arrival, the officers found a man battling a spider. There was no woman in the house.